Science and Exploration

Ready for Launch: Alphasat and INSAT-3D

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
July 25, 2013
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Ready for Launch: Alphasat and INSAT-3D
Ariane 5 on the launch pad with INSAT-3D and Alphasat. Credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace/Optique Video du CSG.
ESA/CNES/Arianespace/Optique Video du CSG

The Ariane 5 launcher containing Europe’s largest telecom satellite Alphasat was rolled out to the launch site in Kourou, French Guiana at 11 am local time on 24 July, arriving 90 minutes later.
The launch is scheduled for 6:54 p.m. ET today and can be watched on Arianespace TV.

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